Have you ever been in an upscale grocery, butcher shop, fish mongers, cured meat and cheese shop, bakery, book store, wine shop, pizzeria, and restaurant all under one roof? Eataly is an experience that encompasses all of these experiences.
Eataly is the superb innovation of culinary superstars Mario Batali and Lydia and Joe Bastianich. It is an Italian Food Paradise! Whether you are there to shop, eat, drink or people watch you will have a great time. People can be seen strolling around filling their shopping cart with one hand and sipping a lovely glass of Italian wine or beer in the other.
The grocery has an amazing assortment of Italian delicacies including pasta, sauces, spices, fruits and vegetables. There are cooking implements and crockery.
The butcher shop has all sorts of meats and cuts of these meats. There is beef, pork, chicken, veal, lamb, rabbit, boar, and every type of game bird that you can think of. The butchers will wrap a whole bird, for example, or they will happily and professionally cut it up to your specifications.
The seafood section is incredible. There are fresh whole fish, filleted fish and an interesting and expansive selection of shellfish. One of the nicest looking fish in the case was a Spanish Mackerel. The friendly and knowledgeable fish mongers will answer any and every question that you may have.
The cured meat and cheese area has a wonderful collection from all over the world. You can have a whole piece or have it sliced as thick or as thin as you desire. The competent staff will assist you with suggestions and pairings.
The bakery offers fresh, baked on the premises breads of all types. There is also an extensive collection of pannetones to choose from at the Christmas holidays. From perfect Italian bread to whole grain delights, Eataly will satisfy your carb cravings.
Maybe you want to sip an espresso or capaccino while perusing the book section. This is the place for you!
Eataly offers classes and cooking demonstrations as well as an impressive array of eateries under one roof. It is a tourist attraction as well as a local grocery and foodie destination. Enjoy an afternoon with friends in a bustling Italian marketplace.
Eataly is a cool idea. But it was so crowded the weekend I went that I could barely walk around and enjoy it, let alone get a seat at any of the restaurants. I will have to go back on a less crowded day and really check it out. I didn't know there was a bookstore there.
By Joanna Eng - senior reviewer Saturday, 9th of April @ 02:23 pm